Łódź Design Festival–the most important design industry event in Central and Eastern Europe–is right around the corner. So is its new spring date (19-27 May 2018), bringing about numerous surprises, including coming back to the roots, with its focus on education, critical discussion, and the search for inspiration. Come to Łódź this spring, it’s going to be worth it!
Humans - craft - technology
REFLECTIONS, the main theme of this year’s edition, invites a fresh look at contemporary design. First, we look at the relations between humans and technology. Unable to constantly keep up with new developments, we often can’t predict the consequences they may bring. Does technology always act in our favor? Or does it happen to work against us? Those are the questions to be problematized in “Nothing but flowers”, the main exhibition prepared by the Łodź Design Festival team under the curatorship of Agata Połeć. Making us search for answers to the questions about the relations between us, humans, and contemporary design, the festival will also inspire us to rethink the meaning of modern craft and the value we attach to the work performed by human hands. These issues will be brought up by, for example, an exhibition of ceramics “Kółko Kropka Kreska” (Circle Dot Line) curated by Magdalena Gazur and prepared in co-operation with the “Manufaktura” Pottery Factory in Bolesławiec, Porcelain Kristoff, and the “Julia” Crystal Glass Factory.
Special guest: Jaime Hayon
A Spanish designer, whose bold, playful, and ambiguous formal projects are recognized worldwide, has been named one of the most important creators of our times by Time magazine. As part of the festival, the designer is going to deliver a lecture entitled “Form Follows Function, and Then What?” (May 22). During the lecture, Hayon will present a subjective overview of his work, including inspirations drawn from design as well as art. He will also tell us about his perception of the design process, in which project-related emotions and the history behind a project play the key roles.
Telltale signs: must have and make me!
Must have, also called the Polish version of the Red Dot Design Award, is the most important competition promoting Polish design. It’s a certificate of quality given to trendsetting product designs by Polish designers and producers. More than three thousand products have been assessed in eight editions so far. The presentation of the awards will take place during a gala on the festival weekend (May 26), along with the exhibition of designs that advanced to the finals. Make me!, on the other hand, is an international competition for yound designers and design students (aged 20-35). The awards go to innovative projects that experiment with material and attempt to reinterpret the natures and functions of existing objects. The competition–thanks to its public presentation of designs, contacts with experts, and devotion to promote the finalists–may work as a springboard to success. The winner receives the Paradyż Award of PLN 50 000 funded by the patron of the festival–Ceramika Paradyż, the Polish ceramic tiles manufacturer. The finalists will be announced on May 19, during the inauguration of the festival.
Edukreacja (a blend of Polish words for “education” and “creation”), another well-established part of the festival, is a program for kids focused on education and development. This year’s edition brings, among others, an exhibition “Przytul Polskę” (Give Poland a hug) curated by Mamy Projekt (Pola Amber, Joanna Studzińska, and Małgorzata Żmijska), and a dozen design workshops to choose from. Edukreacja creates a space for families with kids to have fun through creativity to possibly ignite the spark for design. Admission to the festival is free for children under 12 and seniors.
Łódź Design Festival encourages interaction and co-operation while being open to new ideas and actions. It’s a meeting space and a perfect spot for inspiration seekers. You can’t miss it!
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